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lOzuroacin Chinantec is spoken in the following towns: Ozumacin, 
Ayotzintepec, and Santiago Progreso. These towns are located near Tuxtepec 
in the northeast of the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. There are approximately 
3,000 speakers of this Chinantec dialect. Ayotzintepec is the center of 
the dialect and has as many as 1,500 speakers, but has an equally large 
Spanish speaking population. Ozumacin is more monolingual in Chinantec. 
The closest Chinantec language is Palantla Chinantec (Merrifield 1963, 
1968). Ayotzintepec scored 63 percent intelligibility on the text from 
Palantla (Egiand 1978). 



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TABLE OF CONTENTS 

Paragraph Analysis for Amatlln Zapotee 1 

David Brent Riggs 

Participant Accessibility in Yalalag Zapotee 12 

Ronald Newberg 

A Focus Particle in Quioquitani Zapotee 26 

Michael Ward 

Fronting and Related Features in Santo Domingo Albarradas Zapotee 33 

Wolfram Kreikebaum 

Clause and Sentence-Level Word Order and Discourse Strategy 

in Chichicapan Zapotee Oral Narrative Discourse 72 

Joseph Benton 

The Functions of the Clitic -ha in Western Ixtlan Zapotee 85 

Grace Thiessen 

A Search for Naturalness in Translated Material 101 

Joan Smith 

Journal Writing with a Language Associate 107 

Diane Poole 

A Chinantec Fable lU 

Judi Lynn Anderson 

The Multipurpose Chinantec Word "ja*" 122 

Jim Rupp 



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